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Reds jump on Snell early, finish Pirates with long ball

Aug 4, 2007 - 3:32 AM PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- The Cincinnati Reds were the latest team to add to Ian Snell's woes. For Matt Belisle, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the perfect fit.

The Reds scored four times in the first inning and Belisle remained unbeaten against the Pirates this season with Friday night's 13-4 victory in the opener of a three-game series between the struggling clubs.

Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 589th career homer and Adam Dunn and Scott Hatteberg also homered for Cincinnati (46-64), which snapped a five-game losing streak and moved one-half game ahead of Pittsburgh (44-63) in the battle for the National League's worst record.

"It's just one of those days," Griffey said. "You can't explain it. You just can't get too high on yourself when you're doing well or too low yourself when your not doing well. You just have to try stay as even as possible because it all works out. The most important thing is trying to get the 'W'."

Snell (7-10), who was 7-5 with a 2.93 ERA in the first half, dropped to 0-5 with an 8.31 ERA in the second half. The righthander was tagged for six runs and a season high-tying 10 hits in five innings.

"I really don't have nothing to say," Snell said. "At this point, it's kind of just like disgraceful, me to this team. The way I've pitched this second half is just ridiculous. I have nobody to blame but myself. That's all I can really say."

Cincinnati did not wait long to jump on Snell, who has not won since July 4. Rookie Norris Hopper reached on a one-out single in the first, advanced to second on a base hit by Griffey and to third on a walk to Adam Dunn.

Jeff Keppinger then ripped a 2-1 pitch to left-center field for a double that plated the first two runs of the game. Javier Valentin followed with an RBI single to right and Edwin Encarnacion became the sixth straight Red to reach when he plated Keppinger with a base hit to left for a 4-0 lead.

"Those are fun games to play in and it helps the starting pitcher when we jump out to a 4-0 lead," Dunn said. "That's something that we haven't been doing lately. We get on a team early and not put them away. It seems like everybody had great at-bats from the first inning to the ninth inning. Our offense is pretty good when we do that."

Encarnacion singled in the third and later scored on a base hit by Alex Gonzalez, and Dunn made it 6-0 with a solo homer to right field - his 29th of the season - in the fifth.

Keppinger drove in his third run in the sixth with an RBI single to center that provided a 7-3 edge. The 27-year-old rookie is 20-for-57 with 14 RBI in his last 15 games.

"I was swinging the bat well in Louisville," said Keppinger. "It got me feeling good. It got me locked in. It got me seeing the ball well. I'm just putting the barrel on the ball and they happen to fall for me."

Hatteberg drilled a three-run shot in the seventh off Jonah Bayliss and, two batters later, Griffey belted a solo shot - his 26th of the season. Alex Gonzalez belted his 15th homer against Bayliss in the ninth.

The support was enough for Belisle (6-8), who had lost his previous four decisions and was winless in his last 10 starts dating to May 29. The righthander surrendered three runs and nine hits in six frames to improve to 6-1 lifetime against the Pirates.

"I just think he's trying to make quality pitches," said Reds manager Pete Mackanin. "It's not an easy thing do. It's like when you watch golfer's on TV, it looks so easy. And then when you get out there on the course, you find out how difficult it is. He made progress tonight."

Belisle is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in three starts against Pittsburgh this season and 3-8 with a 5.68 ERA in his other 18 starts.

"I come in here and feel they same way I do against any team," Belisle said. "It's nice for it to keep going, but I don't attribute it to anything. I just come out here and have good ball games and I've just been fortunate to come out on the right side so far."

Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer for the Pirates, who had won two straight after losing 13 of 15.

"There's no need in a 13-4 game to point the finger in any one direction, that's for (darn) sure," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said. "Tomorrow's another day."








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 4 0 1 1 0 1 4 0 2 13 19 0
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 4 11 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: CIN - MATT BELISLE, JARED BURTON (7TH), MIKE STANTON (8TH), JON
    COUTLANGUS (9TH) AND JAVIER VALENTIN
    PIT - IAN SNELL, JOHN GRABOW (6TH), JONAH BAYLISS (7TH)
    AND RO

    Aug 3 10:03 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSE BAUTISTA SCORED JOSE CASTILLO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BAUTISTA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 13
    PITTSBURGH 4 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: F SANCHEZ (.296, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 10:02 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM DUNN SCORED JEFF CONINE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A DUNN ON FIRST, S HATTEBERG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 13
    PITTSBURGH 3 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J KEPPINGER (.328, 2-FOR-5, 3 RBI)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 9:54 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX GONZALEZ (15) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF JONAH BAYLISS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 12, PITTSBURGH 3
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: M STANTON (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 9:47 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KEN GRIFFEY JR (26) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF JONAH BAYLISS.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 11, PITTSBURGH 3
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A DUNN (.262, 1-FOR-3, BB, HR, RBI)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 9:19 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY SCOTT HATTEBERG (9) TO RIGHT WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 7TH OFF JONAH BAYLISS SCORED ALEX GONZALEZ AND MARK
    BELLHORN.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 10, PITTSBURGH 3
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: N HOPPER (.286, 2-FOR-4)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 9:16 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JEFF KEPPINGER SCORED NORRIS HOPPER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KEPPINGER ON FIRST, K GRIFFEY JR ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 7
    PITTSBURGH 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VALENTIN (.262, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 8:54 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ADAM LAROCHE SCORED CESAR IZTURIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F SANCHEZ ON FIRST, J BAUTISTA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 6
    PITTSBURGH 3 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAY (.261, 0-FOR-2)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 8:43 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY RYAN DOUMIT (9) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF MATT BELISLE SCORED ADAM LAROCHE.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 6, PITTSBURGH 2
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: R PAULINO (.241, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 8:24 PM


  • NL
    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADAM DUNN (29) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    4TH OFF IAN SNELL.
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 6, PITTSBURGH 0
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J KEPPINGER (.328, 1-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 8:14 PM


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    AT PITTSBURGH - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEX GONZALEZ SCORED EDWIN ENCARNACION.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A GONZALEZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: CINCINNATI 5
    PITTSBURGH 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: M BELISLE (.094, 0-FOR-1)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 7:57 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    CINCINNATI 4 4 5 0
    PITTSBURGH 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: CIN - MATT BELISLE
    PIT - IAN SNELL

    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: N MCLOUTH (.229, 3 HR, 13 RBI)
    J BAUTISTA (.257, 7 HR, 36 RBI)
    F SANCHEZ (.295, 6 HR, 39 RBI)

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 7:25 PM
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    metnts3 Added 5 roots

    Reds vs. PiratesAug 3 5:22 PM